The 100: Dick Amundson (Leadership Quest ’93)

"Have you ever thought about not going to college?"

The 100: Mitch & Rebekah Rayborn

Fall of 1995. I had just finished up a "gap year", having spent some time in Montana, Arkansas, Belarus and Mexico, but I had no idea what I was going to do next. I was hanging around in Omaha, and some people I knew were checking out a college group at Westside Church.

A Funeral, Reunion, Celebration and Wonder (A Tease of Upcoming Posts)

Earlier in the week, I attended a funeral for Oren Paris Sr. He was the founder of the missions organizations I was a part of for nearly ten years. (1994-2004)The funeral was in Springdale, Arkansas. The family and I drove down to Kansas City on Sunday evening, and then I drove down to Arkansas on … Continue reading A Funeral, Reunion, Celebration and Wonder (A Tease of Upcoming Posts)

The RID Project: U2 and Fandom as I Know it (Update #4)

For an explanation on The RID Project, click here. To read previous updates, click here.What is the sign of being a fan of a team, an artist, or show? What does that mean now as opposed to twenty years ago?Throughout high school, I was a fan of Pearl Jam. This was 1991-94, so it was … Continue reading The RID Project: U2 and Fandom as I Know it (Update #4)

9/11: Ten Years Later

A collection of thoughts about 9/11, ten years later.I remember the silence. The silence before all hell broke loose. The drive into work on the morning of September 11 had been silent.  I can’t remember why my wife and I weren’t talking, but we weren’t as our car weaved through the backroads of northwest Arkansas. … Continue reading 9/11: Ten Years Later

Pearl Jam: 20 Years Later

I still can't recall all the details of when I first heard Pearl Jam, but I do remember being hooked instantly after hearing their song "Alive". It was sometime late in 1991 or early 1992. Another day of pretending to be sick, staying home, and watching MTV most of the day. The video for "Alive" … Continue reading Pearl Jam: 20 Years Later

Coming Clean: My Addiction Story

Scene from "The Shawshank Redemption". When I heard Micah Baldwin share at Big Omaha, I knew I was going to write this post someday. I should clarify that it was when I heard Micah share in 2009. When Micah shared at the recent Big Omaha, I was encouraged for a different reason than perhaps most … Continue reading Coming Clean: My Addiction Story